Availability of Nurse Visa in Australia and Types of Visa to Consider

For all the nurses out there who are working extremely hard for their luxurious living, Australia offers a plethora of job opportunities for working nurses who are highly skilled and qualified in their respective field.

Thus, if you are a nurse and interested in immigrating to Australia, or you may want to extend your stay in Australia, you may be eligible to apply for Australian Permanent Residency.

Australia has a world class health care system which further boosts nurses to live and work in Australia. Due to the aging population, nurses are in high demand and this is an excellent time to take advantage of the exhilarating career and lifestyle opportunities available.

In this blog, we will discuss all the important things which a nurse should keep in mind when filing for the different Australian visas.

What are the qualifying conditions for a nurse to get Australian visa?

  • As a nurse, you must be either a registered nurse or an enrolled nurse.
  • You must also be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  •  A positive skill assessment should be done by Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC).

Qualifying criteria for Registered Nurses:

  • Current AHPRA registration
  • Bachelor degree
  • 7 bands in IETLS or 65 points in PTE
  • Skill assessment from ANMAC
  • Under 45 years of age to apply for Australian Permanent Residency

Qualifying criteria for Enrolled Nurses:

  • Completion of diploma in nursing
  • Current AHPRA registration as an enrolled nurse
  • IELTS score of 7 or PTE score 65

In Australia, it is compulsory by law to get yourself registered with AHPRA if you are a health practitioner.

What are the visa categories available as a nurse?

There are number of visa categories for nurses to apply for Australia having different requirements, hence it is important to seek help from the reputed and trustable migration agent.

As a registered nurse, you may choose any of the following visa options to enter Australia:

  • Subclass 186 visa is a permanent visa for skilled foreign workers
  • Subclass 187 is a regional sponsor visa for skilled foreign workers
  • Subclass 189 is a skilled Independent visa which allows an applicant to live and work anywhere in Australia.
  • Subclass 190 is a state sponsored visa which allows an applicant to live and work in Australia for indefinite period of time. To apply for visa 190, a state/territory nomination is must
  • Subclass 489 is a skilled regional provisional visa that is valid for four years and is a pathway to the Australian permanent residency.

Subclass 189, 190 and 489 are the point based skilled migration visas. Therefore, if you wish to apply for the skilled visas, you must score a minimum of 60 points in Australia Immigration point test. The points are calculated on the basis of:

  • Age
  • Educational Qualification
  • Work Experience
  • Relevant Skills
  • Language requirements
  • Other factors

Calculate score using Australia Point Calculator

Hence, all the visa subclasses mentioned above have different qualifying criteria which may include specific specialities. You must regularly check the latest updates which may help you in knowing which visa suits you best.

You may also fill the free assessment form that might help you in further evaluating your immigration chances.

As an Enrolled nurse, you can only apply under subclass 187 which covers all nursing specialities and New South Wales Nomination program under subclass 190 visa.

Aptech Global is a visa and immigration consultancy experienced in helping and guiding potential applicants, nurses in particular.

We are immigration agents having experience, knowledge, and expertise to assist you in clarifying all your queries related to Australia immigration process. We have solution for your every query, be it for travelling purpose, work related or getting Australian permanent residency.

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